Proverbs Twenty-Eight
June 28, 2020, 5:03 AM

A soul-satisfying Lord’s Day to you. We are nearing the end of this journey through the Proverbs. You will have noted, if you have been drinking in each proverb, that some of them really speak to you, or prod you where you wouldn’t normally go; some just smack you; and a few you just scratch your head in wonder… or confusion. All as it’s supposed to be. We will spend a lifetime processing the Proverbs, along with the entirety of God’s Word.

Hiking through the current chapter, I see recurring proverbs on the way of good, just kings. A well-worn topic in ancient wisdom genre. When I read some of these proverbs, I think back to the dream a young, green Solomon had where God came to him and asked him to ask for whatever his heart desired (1 Kings 3). Solomon could have asked for great wealth. Or the hide of his enemies in battle. Or long life. But it was this: Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people? (1 Kings 3:9). The Lord delighted in this answer and gave Solomon the whole package.

The Dream of Solomon” by Luca Giordano (1693) “Giordano was one of the most important painters of the late Baroque period, practicing a heroic, monumental style seasoned with decorative color. Invited to Spain by King Charles II in 1692, he was soon established as the leading painter at the Spanish Court. For the crown, he painted in particular the biblical stories of Solomon and David in a spectacular series now divided between the Prado and the Royal Palace in Madrid.”

Looking at some of these good king proverbs, you think of the “if onlys” of political leaders who lead us. If only they understood the dire need of seeking the Lord in everything. Humility. Tact. Restraint. That to be a public servant means both public and servant; not independent and royalty. Understand, I am not here aiming at any personality or party. I have no horses in the race. (My wife has a couple of horses, but that’s another subject.) My heart strains fine pondering how difficult it must be to be a godly political leader in public service. The pressures. The temptations. The power. The riches. The fame (and infamy). The perpetual, paramount drive for re-election. The unfulfilled promises (of which intent in making was merely aspirational). Oh, the flames of hell that burn so close to a politician’s behind. We know this is true! The proverbs tell us so. Two wise guys, Solomon and Hezekiah, thought this word important for their readers to understand this truth.

Let’s take a brief look at some of these good king proverbs.

“When a land transgresses, it has many rulers,
but with a man of understanding and knowledge, its stability will long continue.” (28:2)

“Evil men do not understand justice,
but those who seek the LORD understand it completely.” (28:5)

“When the righteous triumph, there is great glory,
but when the wicked rise, people hide themselves.” (28:12)

“Blessed is the one who fears the LORD always,
but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.” (28:14)

“Like a roaring lion or a charging bear
is a wicked ruler over a poor people.” (28:15)

As we close today, we must remember the apostle Paul’s admonition in 1 Timothy 2:1-2—
“I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,
[most especially] for kings and all who are in high positions.” Proverbs that speak to good leadership and what good leaders must be, must push us to pray that the heart of the “king” be a godly, humble leader! That’s what I want. How about you?

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